Best team for the Master League ML Premier Classic in Pokemon Go

The traditional Master League format of the Pokemon Go Battle League gets a shake-up with the ML Premier Classic, forcing Trainers to rethink their usual top team picks as Legendaries have been banned.

While the Great League, Ultra League, and Master League are the mainstays of the Go Battle League, Niantic regularly introduces variations to keep things interesting, such as the Great League Remix or the unique Psychic Cup.

Like the regular Master League, there is no CP limit here, but the Premier ruleset means Legendary and Mythical Pokemon are banned, while the Classic ruleset means Pokemon with XL Candy are also not allowed.

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As a result, many of the top Master League competitors are being banned from the game, which could leave Trainers struggling to find a new best team. Below we’ve listed our recommendations to take you straight to victory.


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Pokemon Go Master League Dialga and Lugia.Niantic / The Pokemon Company

Legendary figures like Dialga and Lugia are not allowed in the Premier Classic.

Best team for Master League Premier Classic in Pokemon Go

One of the best teams for Pokemon Go’s Master League Premier Classic is Metagross, Florges and Garchompas these are three of the strongest fighters in the meta and provide good cover against common enemies.

Of course, it’s impossible to say what a truly ‘best’ team looks like in a Go Battle League competition, because it really depends on the Pokemon your opponent is sending out – and you won’t know that until you’re already in a battle. That’s all part of the fun!

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That said, there are some standouts that should perform well in almost any situation, which we’ve listed below. The good news is that Premier Classic rules mean none of our recommendations need XL Candy to reach their peak.

Best Pokemon for the Master League Classic

Florges

Florges appear in the Pokemon Go Master Premier Classic

  • Quick move: fairy wind
  • Putting it charged: Disable Voice and Moonblast
  • Resistors: Bug, Dark, Dragon and Fight
  • Weak points: Poison and steel

We didn’t expect much from Florges when it made its debut last year, but it has quickly become the top ranked Pokemon in the Master League Premier Classic. It can take on loads of big names like Dragonite, Garchomp and Gyarados, while a lack of Poison types in the meta means there isn’t much to threaten it.

Now that Florges has access to Fairy Wind, you want this as a Fast Move. Then combine the inexpensive Disarming Voice with the powerful Moonblast for a brilliant Fairy-type moveset with massive STAB damage that can take on most opponents you encounter.

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Metagross

Metagross in Pokemon Go

  • Quick move: Bullet punch
  • Putting it charged: Meteor Mash and Earthquake
  • Resistors: Dragon, Fairy, Flying, Grass, Ice, Normal, Poison, Psychic, Rock and Steel
  • Weak points: Dark, fire, ghost and ground

With Florges rising to the top of the Master League Premier Classic it’s even more important to have a strong Steel type that can counter this. Metagross has an incredible amount of type resistance and a huge attack stat making it one of the best choices for your team.

Bullet Punch is the best Fast Move choice for energy generation, while also dealing decent damage. Follow that up with the Charged Moves Meteor Mash and Earthquake, and you’ve got yourself a build that combines massive damage with solid cover.

Gyarados (shadow)

Gyarados in Pokemon Go

  • Quick move: Dragon breath
  • Charged Moves: Aqua tail and crunch
  • Resistors: Bug, fight, fire, ground, steel and water
  • Weak points: Electric and Rock

Shadow Gyarados is definitely one to watch out for in this Pokemon Go competition. It has an impressive attack stat and its unique type gives it extra resistance against some of the most popular picks in the Master League Premier Classic, including Metagross and Garchomp.

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It won’t benefit from STAB, but Dragon Breath is the best Fast Move here with high damage and solid energy generation. Aqua Tail is a great Charged Move to remove your opponent’s shields, while Crunch adds cover and impressive damage.

Dragonite

Dragonite in the Master League Premier Classic

  • Quick move: Dragon breath
  • Charged Moves: Dragonclaw and Superpower
  • Resistors: Bug, fight, fire, grass, ground and water
  • Weak points: Dragon, Fairy, Ice and Rock

With Legendaries banned from the Master League Premier Classic meta, it makes sense that pseudo-Legendaries would be next in line. Dragonite is one of the best you can pick, with a huge attack stat, a solid range of resistances, and a great set of moves to take down opponents.

Dragon Breath is Dragonite’s best Fast Move, so make sure you have it. The cheap Dragon Claw should be your go-to Charged Move, as it can be spammed for both shield baiting and decent STAB damage. Use the Fighting-type superpower as a secondary attack for extra cover.

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Garchomp

Garchomp in pokemon go

  • Quick move: Mud shot
  • Putting it charged: Sand grave and outrage
  • Resistors: Electric, fire, poison and rock
  • Weak points: Dragon, fairy and ice

PvP favorite Garchomp is one of the few non-legendaries who can hold his own in the regular Master League, so it’s not surprising he’s also tops the Premier Classic variety.

Go with Mud Shot as your quick move as it has great energy generation. This gives you better access to two brilliant Charged Moves, the cheap Sand Tomb and the powerful Outrage. This is a powerful pair, especially against Metagross and Snorlax.

Togekiss

Togekiss

  • Quick move: Charm
  • Charged Moves: Ancient Power and Flamethrower
  • Resistors: Bug, Dark, Dragon, Fighting, Grass and Ground
  • Weak points: Electric, ice, poison, rock and steel

Togekiss may have been taken down by Florges, but it’s still the best Charmer in Pokemon Go’s Master League Premier Classic, especially since its secondary Flying type allows it to completely dominate Ground types like Garchomp.

Charm is the go-to Fast Move for Togekiss, as it deals some great STAB damage. Choose Ancient Power as your Charged Move, with Flamethrower as a second option to take on Steel and Ice types, which Togekiss is weak against.

Snorlax (Shadow)

Snorlax

  • Quick move: To lick
  • Charged Moves: Body slam and super strength
  • Resistors: Ghost
  • Weak points: To fight

Shadow Snorlax was a star in the Ultra League Premier Classic and also manages to keep its place in the Master League version. It has had significant wins against Metagross, Togekiss, and Magnezone, though regular Snorlax is also a good choice.

The only Fast Move worth considering is Lick, so make sure you have it. Body Slam is a great Charged Move to take out your opponent’s shields, while Superpower is a solid backup option that increases Snorlax’s cover thanks to its Fighting type.

Excadrill

Excadrill appears in Pokemon Go

  • Quick move: Mud shot
  • Charged Moves: Drill Run and Rock Slide
  • Resistors: Bug, Dragon, Electric, Fairy, Flying, Normal, Poison, Psychic, Rock and Steel
  • Weak points: Fighting, fire, ground and water

With an incredible amount of type resistance, a huge attack stat and the ability to take down the likes of Florges, Metagross and Togekiss, the Ground/Steel type Excadrill remains a solid choice for the Master League Premier Classic.

Mud Shot has the best energy generation, so go with that as Excadrill’s Fast Move. When it comes to Charged Moves, combine Drill Run with Rock Slide to give yourself two brilliant cheap attacks that provide impressive cover.

Pokemon Go Master League Premier Classic date and time

The Master League Premier Classic kicks off in the Battle League on Thursday, January 5, 2023 at 1pm PT / 4pm ET / 9pm GMT and runs until Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 1:00 PM PT.

It runs alongside the traditional Master League, which returns to the Go Battle League.


You can check out the full Pokemon Go Battle League Season 13 schedule and rewards here.

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